WALLACE, Doreen

1897 - 1989

Doreen Wallace

As Dora Eileen Agnew Wallace, she was born at Lorton, Cumbria on 18 June 1897, daughter of Robert Bruce Agnew Wallace (24 March 1873-1955), of Rhynd House, Saline, Fife in Scotland, and his wife Elizabeth née Peebles of Cumberland. In 1901, a 3 year old living at 'Broomlands', Lorton, Cumberland with her parents, 28 year old Robert and 26 year old Elizabeth. Educated at Malvern Girls' College and Somerville College, Oxford and in 1919 graduated MA (Hon) in English. She came to East Anglia teaching at Diss Secondary School for three years and in 1922 she married Rowland Harry Rash (1890-1977), landowner & farmer, long established at Wortham Manor, Suffolk. Continuing under her maiden name as Doreen Wallace, she began to write seriously in 1929, writing over fifty books. Very active in the ‘Tithe War’ of the early 1930’s when she organised resistance to tithe payments which battle was only won finally in 1977. Also a watercolour landscape painter and a member of Ipswich Art Club 1924-1928 and 1958-1965, exhibiting from Wortham Manor in 1924 three watercolours 'Villeneuve-les-Avignon', 'Down the Lane' and another, in 1925 four watercolours 'In the Close, Norwich', 'Harvest, Evening', 'Cloisters, Norwich' and 'Above Costabell' and was also a member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1956-1957 from Wortham. After the death of her husband she moved to a small house at 2 Manor Gardens, Diss, when her son, Rowland Moray Wallace Rash, continued at Wortham. She also had two daughters Stella, a doctor and Laura, an artist. A member . She died at Wortham on 22 October 1989. (Copsey-Suffolk Writers 1800-1900. Ipswich 2002)